Fall Conference

The 15th Annual fall conference of the Carolinas WPA will take place September 17-19, 2018 at the Wildacres Retreat Center, featuring the theme “Promoting Metacognition in the Classroom.” See below for this year’s description and call for proposals, and see the past conferences page for information on previous fall conferences of the Carolinas WPA.

 


Call for Proposals

 

15th Annual Fall Carolinas Writing Program Administrators Conference
September 17-19, 2018 | Wildacres Retreat, Little Switzerland, NC (Directions) | $220/$210 (includes 2 nights lodging, 5 meals)

  • Proposal deadline: 11:59PM Friday, August 24, 2018
  • Registration deadline: 11:59PM Monday, September 10, 2018

 

Monday Evening Keynote Speaker: Wendy Sharer, East Carolina University

Tuesday Workshop Leaders: Wendy Sharer and Kerri Bright Flinchbaugh, East Carolina University

Promoting Metacognition in the Classroom
Metacognition—monitoring, evaluating, and adjusting one’s own approaches to learning—is essential for a writer’s development. Our Monday evening interactive session will introduce participants to research about and fundamental practices for fostering metacognition.

Our Tuesday workshop will focus on two related areas: 1) strategies for helping students develop metacognitive awareness of their writing processes, and 2) promoting metacognitive pedagogy through WAC–based professional development. Time will be provided for participants to begin planning activities and assignments for their courses and/or to sketch out structures for metacognition-focused faculty workshops.

Conference Schedule and Format. The conference begins at 5:00 pm on Monday, September 17, and concludes at 10:00 am on Wednesday, September 19. Wendy Sharer’s Monday evening interactive keynote session on metacognition will be followed by a full day Tuesday of workshops and presentations for and by writing teachers and program administrators. Non-tenure track members and attendees are invited to gather to talk shop and make connections during the NTT Network portion of the retreat. Paula Patch will convene that group. Unscripted time will be available, too, on the beautiful mountaintop of Wildacres Retreat, with a closing session Wednesday morning. All meals are provided.

Wildacres Retreat is a low-tech, informal setting conducive to relaxing, collaborating, and learning with friends and colleagues across the Carolinas. We welcome teams or solo participants from across our region.

Call for Proposals. You are entirely welcome to attend without presenting, but those whose proposals are accepted will be listed on the formal agenda. This may help you advocate for travel funding. Proposals also help us plan appropriate groups and design activities around members’ goals.

We encourage individual or team proposals from people in the Carolinas who are working in any teaching, research, or administrative positions related to writing. We also welcome creative interpretation – and deviation – from this year’s theme of Promoting Metacognition in the Classroom.

Three different presentation types reflect members’ interests:

  1. Problem:  Describe a teaching, program leadership, or research problem that you would like help thinking about with other attendees.  20 minutes includes feedback time.
  2. Showcase: Share a teaching method or writing program leadership strategy that is working well at your site. Or present findings from a study you’re involved in that would interest writing teachers and WPAs. 20 minutes includes feedback time.
  3. Other:  You have an idea for Wildacres that doesn’t fit either category.  Explain! Include how much time you would need between 15-60 minutes.

 

Proposals include:

  • Names and contact information (email, phone, home institution) for each person associated with your proposal
  • Type of presentation (problem, showcase, other)
  • A title and brief description for the program
  • Your specific goals for presenting

 

Submit your proposal by completing this online proposal form.
Registration and Cost. The registration fee of $220 for full-time tenure track faculty and $210 for other faculty and graduate students includes 2 nights’ lodging, and 5 meals at Wildacres, as well as all conference materials and annual voting membership in Carolinas Writing Program Administrators.
Deadline. Conferencegoers must register by 11:59PM Monday, September 10, 2018. Plans changed? Registration will be fully refunded if we are notified by 11:59PM Friday, September 7.
Questions or Comments? – Contact Collie Fulford, cfulfor1@nccu.edu
Keynote Speaker and Workshop Leader: Wendy Sharer